Atlanta Metro / Atlanta

Historic Oakland Cemetery

248 Oakland Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

404-658-6019
  • The Bell Tower once housed the chapel, and was home to the sexton, the caretaker of the cemetery. Now it is home to the sexton's offices, and the offices of Historic Oakland Foundation.

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  • The Lion of Atlanta, modeled after the Lion of Lucerne, guards the unknown soldiers at Oakland's Confederate burial grounds.

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  • One of the most visited of Oakland's residents is Bobby Jones.

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  • Image looking toward the Fulton Cotton Bag and Mill Lofts.

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  • The Historic Oakland Foundation partners with the City of Atlanta to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery with the public as an important cultural resource and an island of tranquility in the heart of the city.

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  • Not only is Historic Oakland Cemetery repository of history, art, and architecture; but is also a botanical garden and arboretum. Photo courtesy of Dinny Addison

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  • Guided walking tours are offered every weekend or by appointment during the week. Please see website for details.

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Oakland Cemetery is an 48-acre park and historic site in southeast Atlanta that contains the city's oldest extant burial grounds. Among the 70,000 interred at Oakland are the unmarked graves of paupers, Confederate and Union soldiers, a Jewish section, an African-American section, 27 former Atlanta mayors, six former governors, and prominent Atlantans, including "Gone With The Wind" author Margaret Mitchell Marsh and golf great Bobby Jones.

Oakland is more than an outstanding example of a Victorian garden cemetery. It is also a magnificent sculpture garden, botanical garden, flourishing wildlife habitat, public park and picturesque setting for quiet reflection, or a picnic.

Spend an hour or a day walking the grounds with a self-guided tour map or one of our mobile phone tour apps. If you are here on the weekend, join one of our guided tours. Maps and tickets are for sale in the Visitors Center, located in the Bell Tower. See www.oaklandcemetery.com for a complete tour schedule.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
    Monday: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
    Tuesday: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
    Wednesday: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
    Thursday: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
    Friday: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
    Saturday: 8:00AM - 8:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Admission Fee $0.00

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Gift Shop, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Maps & Brochures Available, Picnic Area, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Open Year 'Round

    Near Interstate Highway

    20, 75, 85

    Payment Options

    American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind Guided Walking Tour

    Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind Guided Walking Tour

    06/07/2014 - 10/04/2014

    Explaining how the idea for her novel came to her, Margaret Mitchell said, "in the cradle." The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was first published in 1936 and sold more than 1 million copies in the first six months. It is reputed to be the second most read book in the world, with the Bible being number one. This tour will visit the gravesites of Margaret Mitchell and her husband, John Marsh, as well as other Mitchell family members and pioneers of Atlanta. Meet several residents Margaret Mitche... read more